Eid guidance during COVID-19 pandemic
To mark the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid - the festival of breaking the fast.
Eid is celebrated around the world by its 1.7 billion followers and is typically marked with congregational prayers, social gatherings and visits, festive meals, charity and gift giving.
As the Muslim calendar is a lunar one, Eid is celebrated after the first crescent of the new moon is sighted which is expected to fall between May 24 to 26.
However, this year is going to be very different given the global situation with COVID-19.
We appreciate this is going to be a very difficult time for our Muslim community. The council is working hard to support our communities in this difficult time.
The restrictions in place for lockdown means that mosques and all other places of worship continue to remain closed. These are unprecedented times and it is important that public health is put first in-line with government guidance.
The Muslim community have been very active and have ensured social distancing rules continue to be supported.
The latest government advice as of 19 May 2020 is:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Limit contact with other people
- Don’t visit other homes
- Avoid social gatherings
Help to save lives by following the advice above.
Using digital technology
It’s great to see digital platforms like Zoom, Teams, Skype, WhatsApp, Google Duo, Facebook helping our communities stay in touch with each other and bringing live sermons to people’s homes during the lockdown.
For anyone wanting to learn new recipes, Youtube has been a brilliant tool for people to learn new dishes for Iftar. Why not learn new recipes for Eid as well.
Families have used Zoom, House Party, Skype and other video conferencing platforms to keep in touch with other.
Why not tune in to the live sermon that will be broadcast by Newcastle Central Mosque on the morning of Eid and listen to the Imaam’s khutbah.
You can also donate online too. The council has recently Citylife Line, a new service to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can offer support and or request support, details can be found here.
To stay well
- Always stay 2 metres away from anyone outside your household
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, especially if you have been outside
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Try exercising inside your home and keep your mind active with indoor hobbies like cooking, reading, puzzles, online activities and talk on the phone to family and friends.
Further information and advice can be found on the The Muslim Council of Britain website.